Kids have Anti-Gay Day

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Students at a Pennsylvania high school allegedly staged a protest of the Day of Silence, which included intimidation and physical harassment of LGBT students and a ‘lynch list’.

The Day of Silence, an annual event that raises awareness of LGBT bullying, produced a loud backlash from students at a Pennsylvania high school. A group of students at McGuffey High School allegedly organized an “Anti-Gay Day” in response to the peaceful protest coordinated by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

A local news station reports that the clique encouraged others who were antigay to wear flannel and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands Thursday, the day preceding the Day of Silence. But the backlash did not end with sartorial choices. Participants also targeted LGBT students, hanging posters on their lockers and physically harrassing them in the hallways of their school.

“There was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down,” Zoe Johnson, a student at McGuffey High School, told the news station. “It hurts me to see how rude and cruel, and some of these people were my friends before this started,” she added.

The antigay group promoted the event on social media, posting a photo of the flannel-clad participants. “Anti-Gay Day” was to be the first of a planned week-long series of antigay events, which would use clothing to signal their animosity toward their LGBT peers. “Flannel anti-gay day only a few of many tomorrow is red day,” a student wrote in the caption.

Nationwide, animosity toward the Day of Silence has been encouraged by groups like Focus on the Family and the Illinois Family Institute, which organized antigay events like the Day of Dialogue as well as walkouts in protest of GLSEN’s “homosexuality-affirming dogma.” GLSEN reports that 56 percent of LGBT students felt unsafe at school due to their their sexual orientation. In addition, 38 percent felt unsafe because of their gender expression.

Administrators at the McGuffey School District are investigating the incident. Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent, released a statement saying that the school “will follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations, as warranted. We will resolve to ensure that all children can grow and learn in a safe, supportive environment free from discrimination.” However, some students do not feel safe returning to the school.

“It’s sad to me. It’s a high school. We should feel safe here. We don’t, and it’s starting to get worse,” Johnson said. Among the reasons for this fear was a “lynch list” circulating around the school, with a growing list of names.

via Advocate

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  1. Thank you for posting this, we all need to pass this on to counter the haters from poisoning a new generation with the need to feel superior and hate all who are different. Many hugs

    1. @Scottie:
      “… we all need to pass this on to counter the haters from poisoning a new generation with the need to feel superior and hate all who are different.”

      Since this is happening in a high school, this is the new generation that unfortunately is already poisoned. What we really need is a much better and permanent religious antidote (or in their case, an antidope).

      Here are some other related links:

      Ohio High School Students Respond to Day of Silence with Hateful, Homophobic Flyer
      http://www.shewired.com/outrageous/2015/04/17/ohio-high-school-students-respond-day-silence-hateful-homophobic-flyer
      [and]
      http://www.19actionnews.com/story/28823134/controversial-flyer-posted-at-canton-south-high-school-during-diversity-week [and] http://woio.images.worldnow.com/images/7481540_G.jpg

      Anti-Gay Day: Students At McGuffey High School Wear Plaid, Bully Homosexual Students To Protest Gay Awareness Day
      http://www.inquisitr.com/2023882/anti-gay-day-students-at-mcguffey-high-school-wear-plaid-bully-homosexual-students-to-protest-gay-awareness-day/

      PA High School Students Organize “Anti-Gay Day” in Response to National Day of Silence
      Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/g-philly/2015/04/20/pa-high-school-students-organize-anti-gay-day-in-response-to-national-day-of-silence/#DCGHLxOhfQybfca0.99
      http://www.phillymag.com/g-philly/2015/04/20/pa-high-school-students-organize-anti-gay-day-in-response-to-national-day-of-silence/

    1. @daveboy:
      re: photos in austin7007’s tumblr account

      Isn’t it so nice that these anti-gay wearing plaid protest against the more style-conscience gays and they show their “solidarity” by at least 4 of them puting their arms around each — such [same-sex] love for us to follow! I’m so “moved” by this ………

    2. I would wager money that at least one of those boys is a deeply closeted, self-hater. Almost every time you come across somebody that nervous around gay people that they lash out, they themselves are gay.

  2. The gay kids and their allies should have foreseen this reaction and gotten video of it if there was any way to do that. I don’t know if cell phones are allowed in the school or not. Only concrete evidence will get any serious reaction for the school administration, which is quite likely as homophobic as the anti-gay students.

    1. @Bob:
      “The gay kids and their allies should have foreseen this reaction and gotten video of it if there was any way to do that.”

      I agree with this thought and hopefully some resourceful students did shoot some video(s) of this ……. or if not, hopefully some took some photos of the locker and other vandalism.

      .

      “I don’t know if cell phones are allowed in the school or not.”

      I don’t know either what most schools’ policies are regarding phones …. in the classrooms. But what about in the halls? Can or do schools actually ban them in the hallways?

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      “Only concrete evidence will get any serious reaction for the school administration,”

      OR …. if not the school administration (if video or phots were shot), they could be posted on social media sites and I’m sure they would go viral and then force the hands of any school administration to do something about it.

  3. Unfortunately there is always a new crop of humans with the mental capacity of a lizard. Maybe if critical thinking was taught from first grade on in the schools, there would be hope for the future of the human race.

  4. They would run the risk of prosecution in the UK. At the very least the head’s job would be in jeopardy and there would be inspectors crawling all over the school. Just goes to show how backward the US is in terms of human rights protection.

    1. @MateoB

      Please stop saying it’s an American problem. It isn’t. Russia actually kills their gays. So do a lot of Asian and African countries. All of those countries do have a common root to homophobia and that is religion.

      Roots.

      1. Russian problem West Indian Problem and US problem. I am not going to set penboys off by mentioning religion except to say that such behaviour is totally against the teachings of Jesus. I read a passage from a book recently that said a guy prayed to God and said “Hey these people don’t want me in their Church because I am Gay” and God answered him and said “don’t worry it sounds like they don’t want me around either.” For the record any Priest, any Imam,Rabbi, Jain, Hindu, White Witch, Zoroastrian or whatever in the UK who preaches an overtly homophobic sermon of the type of inflammatory nature that you see the neanderthal Bible Belt pastors do (and for that matter fundamentalist Muslims) risks being arrested for inciting hatred based on a person’s sexual orientation under the UK Equality Act and being prosecuted.

        Sadly though the US does still have a huge problem with the protection of people against discrimination. Russia has NO excuse though as it has signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights” which does not allow such behaviour. There are several cases before the Court in Strasbourg at the moment but Russia will ignore the rulings no doibtband probably withdraw:

        http://queerussia.info/2014/08/12/6047/#sthash.uu9jbpDs.dpbs

        They already ignored this

        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alekseyev_v._Russia

        Point is that Western Europe is nearly universal in having strong Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Laws. The US likes to be proud of its proud adherence to justice and the rule of law and yet crap like this is allowed to happen with impunity.

        1. @Matteob:
          “I am not going to set penboys off by mentioning religion except to say that such behaviour is totally against the teachings of Jesus. …….. guy prayed to God”

          Wow. Are there more than just one of me? Didn’t know that.

          Way to “not mention” religion (except you did).

  5. “Anti-Gay Day”
    It figures, probably made their daddies proud!

    ❦Off topic: to milkboys
    Rather surprised that you caved in to Church Lady’s, (TROLL) rantings regarding
    ‘boy on a sailboat’ & ‘water polo boys’ even going so far as to yank the latter.
    Though nothing bordered on pornographic or even offensive in either pic be it in another medium it was still considered verboten here in their eyes and maybe in Tumblr’s boy hating eyes too but that’s what they live for.

    You most certainly have the right to delete what you see fit but keep in mind that there’s much we have here that offends someone or another sometimes and others
    all the time. Even your diehard fans may not like a post occasionly but that comes with the turf and if they don’t like it they can just drive on by. Believe me if you go totally against the grain and even your regulars are offended someone will let you know either here or on the board.
    Stay strong mb’s you’re not just some rag blog that caters to only one group, (though some may imply you do) many a post you’ve presented here has value to many and so do the discussions they prompt while having zip all to do with dicks be they big, medium, or small! IMHO of course…

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      I took the post down for now because the photographer wasn’t comfortable with the sexually suggestive comments from some people.

      1. I actually agree on this one as certainly as those WP boys could not have been more than 13. A handsome lad can lift the heart but sexually suggestive comments could lead to trouble for the board tbh especially in regard to minors.

      2. @milkboys:
        “I took the post down for now because the photographer wasn’t comfortable with the sexually suggestive comments from some people.”

        If you’re referring to the water polo boys, well, to be honest, I was one who made a “sexually suggestive comment” but I don’t know whether it was actually posted ….. when I tried to post it, the entire thread disappeard.

        And as for the “photographer wasn’t comfortable,” why else was that photo taken to begin with? It’s pretty damn obvious as to the real reason he took that photo, so any “uncomfortableness” by him is pure bullshit other than he was “caught” by the reasoning behind the click of that shutter. And as several of you stated, those boys were definitely over 13, no matter what “Matteob” wishes to think. My advice to him: Get out of that fucked up church and start living reality.

        1. “It’s pretty damn obvious as to the real reason he took that photo, so any “uncomfortableness” by him is pure bullshit other than he was “caught” by the reasoning behind the click of that shutter. ”

          Wow really!? Your way of seeing the world is very odd. How is it ‘sexually segestive’ to take a photo of a bunch of kids playing sport? It might be in your eyes however, I would hazard a guess that the majority of people on the planet don’t look through the same lens as you so I would think twice before being so sure of yourself and the photographers intensions.

          My advice to you: get your head out of the clouds and start living in reality. (see what I did there?)

          1. @Dave (of Australia):
            “Wow really!? Your way of seeing the world is very odd. How is it ‘sexually segestive’ to take a photo of a bunch of kids playing sport? It might be in your eyes however, I would hazard a guess that the majority of people on the planet don’t look through the same lens as you so I would think twice before being so sure of yourself and the photographers intensions.”

            Wow really!? (See what I did there?) OK, on a political correctness scale from 1 -10, I put your response to me at an ‘8’. So, let’s take this one phrase at a time, shall we?

            “Your way of seeing the world is very odd.”
            …… Just how “odd” is it when a photo such as that one is posted on a teen gay-friendly blog/site? You might want to reconsider what you think is “odd.”

            “How is it ‘sexually segestive’ to take a photo of a bunch of kids playing sport?”
            …… Where in that photo did it show a bunch of kids playing sport? I saw 4 boys sitting on a bench in a row wearing nothing but their water polo caps and very brief/bikini-type of swim suits and this photo obviously emphasizing the profile of their genital bulges (in that photo or an intentional crop of a larger image). How is that not ‘sexually segestive’?

            “It might be in your eyes however, I would hazard a guess that the majority of people on the planet don’t look through the same lens as you …”
            …… No, I and I would postulate the majority of those on this blog “look through the same lens as [mine]” with regard to a photo such as this. How is it not that that way when showing 4 boys and the profile of their genital bulges in very brief swimsuits? Let’s, for the sake of argument, suggest that a coach or coach’s assistant took these photos. Unless obviously intended (for a purpose such as this site), they would not intentionally emphasize the boys’ genital size in those briefs — not if they wanted to keep their jobs or remain friends of the families. And family members or even friends of the families of those boys could/would take photos such as this from such a close distance and from a poolside angle.
            …… Btw, what’s the real reason you clicked on on this thread (and probably on the photo as well to see if there was “more” to this image the way joshua offers many times)? Just purely based on the boys faces? Well, you might fool some of the ‘members’ of this blog, but not me.

            “… so I would think twice before being so sure of yourself and the photographers intensions.”
            …… Considering I was a professional photographer for most of my career, yes, I can be pretty sure of myself — that’s why I was hired to many types of photos — particularly, detailed technical subject photography. Can you say the same about yourself and back up that claim? If joshua hadn’t “lost all his backups” for this blog, you would be able to go back in time to see where I have shown my expertise in photography.

            .

            “My advice to you: get your head out of the clouds and start living in reality. (see what I did there?)”

            Yes, I saw what you did …. channeling my responses. But, in this case, it’s obvious you failed miserably in your intent. And as for “get [my] head out of the clouds and start living in reality” …. that’s exactly what I was doing with my above responses. It’s your head that is “in the clouds” and trying to protract your style of political correctness — not obvious reality.

            And, sorry, but the likes of you will need to get up a whole lot earlier in the morning and take a hell of a lot more college classes in Australia to out psycho-analyze someone like me — I’ve experienced a hell of a lot more reality in my life so far than you can even think about.

  6. I am so sick and tired of stupid bigots and their fucking fake god I think it is time to leave peace and fight against homophobes!!!

    1. @RectOr

      Any violent fight will attract the same violence, right? Or maybe it could attract worse. It is a peaceful campaign that will change things. I often use “roots” as an argument. Roots is where homophobia comes from, whether it be social, religious or political. If it’s social, find a way to educate people about the damage done by homophobia. If it’s religious, walk out of your church, temple or synagogue or what ever else where homophobia is promoted while making sure they know why you’re walking out. If it’s political make sure your political “leaders” have the blood of kids on their hands because they promote and support homophobia. Be vocal, be noisy.

      Dr. Who said the following.“Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in.”

      Never be overly offensive or afraid to express what needs to be said. Some will say go away. Stay.

      1. “If it’s political make sure your political “leaders” have the blood of kids on their hands because they promote and support homophobia.” should have read as follows.

        If it’s political make sure your political “leaders” know that they have the blood of kids on their hands because they promote and support homophobia.

  7. @milkboys
    “I took the post down for now because the photographer wasn’t comfortable with the sexually suggestive comments from some people.”

    ❦As well you should in that regard, better that then some random troll forcing your hand as I mistakingly thought, please forgive.
    I suppose in future visitors should be more cautious in their comments especially when we have have posts with younger teens in them.

    Thanks for your response.

  8. I’ve ‘reported’ here before that young milkies in the chat have commented on the high level of creepy dirty old man comments that appear here, but many of you(not all) seem to not care, with Horselips leading the pack. If you TRULY loved boys, you wouldn’t be ok with firing off insensitive, horny old man observations in there possible presence. Nowadays, the boys just don’t bother with clicking on the comments, your crassness has rendered you pointless. Congratulations, supposed adults.

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